As the Direct Support Professional (DSP) Workforce Crisis continues to threaten the stability of community disability services in Pennsylvania, InVision has joined a statewide coalition of provider organizations as we call upon Governor Josh Shapiro to increase funding for the intellectual disability and autism (ID/A) system ahead of his 2023-2024 proposed budget announcement on March 7.
InVision helped craft the unified budget request
that asks for a $430 million investment of state funds—which would also be matched by federal dollars—into the ID/A system to address the shortfalls in providing community services for people with disabilities. Chiefly among the request includes updated rates and increased wages for DSPs.
This request is not without support from outside the industry. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published a powerful editorial
on February 22 expressing their strong support for much-needed investment in ID/A services in Pennsylvania, a critical endorsement of our efforts to inform and educate our communities about this growing problem.
Ruth Siegfried—InVision’s founder & president—in her remarks to staff via email, shared her optimism as we continue to make strides toward achieving systemic change for this industry and how our advocacy remains as critical as ever:
Your voice is important! No matter what else you do, please share your personal story with Governor Shapiro. Tell anyone who shares your passion and concern for the needs of people with intellectual disability and autism, their families, and the DSPs who provide their needed care and support to do the same.”
The Provider Alliance’s Action Center has created an easy way to help advocates contact
Governor Shapiro and Lieutenant Governor Austin Davis. Please click on the link to go to the Action Center and share your message with them about why we need greater investment in the ID/A system.